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Dean Blake Morant and Twana Wellman-Roebuck have been selected to receive top honors at The Chronicle’s 29th Annual Community Service Awards Gala. Photo courtesy of The Chronicle.

Dean Blake Morant to be honored with 29th Annual Community Service Award by The Chronicle of Winston-Salem on March 22

Wake Forest School of Law Dean Blake Morant and Twana Wellman-Roebuck, the executive director of the nonprofit the Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR), have been selected to receive top honors at The Chronicle of Winston-Salem’s 29th Annual Community Service Awards Gala. Continue reading »

Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue writes in The Huffington Post blog about racially charged language in the NFL

The NFL may soon begin imposing an automatic 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word on the field and ejection from the game for subsequent infractions. The proposed penalty comes in response to concerns raised by the recent Miami Dolphins scandal and other disturbing incidents involving racially charged language directed at referees and other players. A very real concern is that one of the microphones on the field could inadvertently broadcast on-field slurs, and every fan watching, not just the target of the slur, could be subjected to and possibly injured by it, including child fans. Continue reading »

Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted in Bloomberg BNA

University Chair in Law Professor Sidney Shapiro was recently quoted in the Feb. 27th issue of the Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter article, “Chamber Unleashes Barrage of Comments Critical of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule.”  Shapiro was quoted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s criticism of the recently proposed OSHA silica rule. Continue reading »

Professor Michael Curtis cited in article “When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia”

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

– Judge Leon M. Bazile, January 6, 1959

The most remarkable thing about Arizona’s “License To Discriminate” bill is how quickly it became anathema, even among Republicans. Both 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called upon Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto this effort to protect businesses that want to discriminate against gay people. So did Arizona’s other senator, Jeff Flake. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Indeed, three state senators who voted for this very bill urged Brewer to veto it before she finally did so on Wednesday, confessing that they “made a mistake” when they voted for it to become law.

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Ken Lalime of HealthyCT, a new nonprofit cooperative in Connecticut, which has signed up just 1,700 customers. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Professor Mark Hall tells New York Times some small non-profit health insurance co-ops will fail

The rented offices of HealthyCT, a new insurer in Connecticut, bustle with the energy of a start-up. The sales force takes pride in noting that HealthyCT is a truly local outfit, governed by members, rather than a for-profit behemoth like Anthem, the state’s dominant insurer whose offices are a 10-minute drive away. Continue reading »

Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks writes in The Huffington Post blog about race and politics

“I want to tell you a story. I’m going to ask you all to close your eyes while I tell you the story. … This is a story about a little girl walking home from the grocery store one sunny afternoon. … Can you see her? Her raped, beaten, broken body soaked in their urine, soaked in their semen, soaked in her blood, left to die. Can you see her? I want you to picture that little girl. Now imagine she’s white.” Continue reading »

ABA Journal calls upcoming BLSA 29th annual scholarship banquet keynote speaker ‘one of most influential federal judges in nation’

Chief Judge Carl Stewart of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is referred to as one of the most influential federal judges in the nation in an ABA Journal article published this month.

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N.C. State Sen. Phil Berger (’82) and sons Phil Jr. (’99) and Kevin (’00) featured in Greensboro News & Record

Bob Rucho was mad. For more than a year, he had worked on a comprehensive tax-reform bill that would change North Carolina’s antiquated revenue system in dramatic ways — including an end to tax breaks for special interests, a proposal sparking heartburn in virtually every tax lobbyist in Raleigh.

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David Giffin (’16) writes about religious dress modifications to military uniforms in The Emory Wheel

A new military policy has been gaining some attention from online news outlets over the past few weeks for allowing soldiers to incorporate religious dress as a part of their uniforms.

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Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro writes in The Huffington Post that citizens should have less blind faith in markets, more in government

As we develop in a book just published by Oxford University Press, Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Reformthe history of the United States reveals a pattern in which citizens alternate between relying on markets and democracy, including government intervention in those markets, to achieve the type of country in which we wish to live.

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